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Why You Shouldn't Use Spreadsheets For Important Work

AlabamaCajun Only true if you are using Excell (422 comments)

I knew accountants that did many things with spreads that worked.
One ran many company ledgers on Lotus 123 including printing the balance sheets.
In another case one accountant ran a companies pricing on spreads even though there was a mainframe that could have done it. (Job Security). This too was Lotus spreads.
I will agree with the author that considering the bugs and problems with Excel, Access and Word speak volumes to that fact they are now just interim tools not permanent storage and retrieval.I tell people all the time Access and Excel are just work tools.

about 3 months ago

A 32-bit Development System For $2

AlabamaCajun Re:PIC (138 comments)

I've been tinkering with the PICs since 2002 before that it was the ELF2 Cosmac 1802 and the intel 8085 explorer 85.
Yes the PICs are my chip of choice and can get them for a buck or s free sample from Microchip when I feel the need to get something freshly minted. I just finished a scrumptious salad grown in a hydroponics system run by a PIC 16F629 and a few components. Olimex programer works great except when you put the chip in backwards. (Guess what it still works after that torture test, I don't know if the Atmels are that hardy).
It's still worth it to get the Raspberry PI, Arduino or Chipkit for the fun and up and running environment that's ready out the box and you support the development teams that bring these systems to a level more people can access without touching a soldering iron (just the handle, not the tip tsssssssssss).

about 4 months ago

Let's Call It 'Climate Disruption,' White House Science Adviser Suggests (Again)

AlabamaCajun Re:Eh? (568 comments)

It's more at the officials have finally cleared the way for calling it for what it really is. The real scientific community (Not the Fox channel) has been saying this since the first name change. We mostly knew we were the cause but when GW came out we were waiting for the "guberment" to catch up.

about 4 months ago

ISS Studies Show Bacteria From Earth Could Colonize Mars

AlabamaCajun Re:how long? (103 comments)

Ironically, earth is a greenhouse, we waste just about everything.
Keep the humans off of Mars, we will infect it. As long as we clean out bots we send there we should be able to get by with remote surfing the sands of Mars.

about 4 months ago

"Smart" Gun Seller Gets the Wrong Kind of Online Attention

AlabamaCajun Re:A firearm that depends on a battery? (1374 comments)

Then don't buy one.

Ain't that the truth!

In a real capitalist society we could buy them but unfortunately we have sunken to an Oligarchy where the few rule on what we can buy. This is the point I'm upset about. I don't have a NRA card and for this would not get one, cancel your membership. Looks NRA has actually stepped on the second amendment and blocked our freedom to bear technical arms.

about 4 months ago

'The Door Problem' of Game Design

AlabamaCajun Re:Will the door have windows? (305 comments)

Try Minecraft! Yes you can see through all standard doors and hatches. The only question is can you get shot through the window? Skeletons and witches are the only above ground enemy that have weapons. You also have access to the bow and can throw things. So far I have not seen any projectile pass through.

if (door.state == HalfOpen)
Debug.WriteLine ("Can't determine what the door is doing, Try knocking on the door");

about 4 months ago

Oklahoma Moves To Discourage Solar and Wind Power

AlabamaCajun Re:Something wrong at the foundation - (504 comments)

Solar owners are investors too and should be considered as such.
The PC did not have to buy fuel, have is shipped in, burn it in any equipment or use any large transmission cables. Bottom line this customer is considered an asset on the P&L. Assets only cost you a little operating cost. This asset is already paying infra-structure fees to connect in the first place so they have already paid admission to play in the game. I have gas service that charges me monthly even when I don't use it. As most consumers do, we have no say in what goes on the bill nor is it free market where I can shop around.

Oklahoma governing body, I call this BS and shame on you for the way you treat your citizens. You are less than Putin in my books.

about 4 months ago

Google and Facebook: Unelected Superpowers?

AlabamaCajun Re:Who watches the watchers (243 comments)

Finally some folks can see the forest for the trees (better the network for the servers).
Government we elect, select and buy.
The Big Corps just take our money and use it to buy more votes.
Buy the time the masses realize what has happened it will be too late to roll it back. Like anything before it will mess up a lot of peoples lives but the rest will go on. The strong will survive is what they say but damn the rest. Google does a lot for a lot of people are a very effective price (Free). As for the rest they take and give little back. I won't defend Google as once it gains enough power it could become a planetary nightmare that makes "The Matrix" look like a fun game in comparison to what becomes of the real thing.
Speaking for the US and a state called Alabama, have we learned anything yet since 2000?

about 4 months ago

Why Portland Should Have Kept Its Water, Urine and All

AlabamaCajun Re:Don't tell them that... (332 comments)

Birds, Fish and most of the non-human animal kingdom don't do drugs except those on the farms far from this piss hole. But how many parts per 38 million are we talking here. As what others have said that pee is not the bigger worry but a potential for poisoning gets pushed to the top of worries. Puts some steel walls around this pond for crying out loud. Except for the urea the pee is a lot cleaner then just about everything else getting into that water.

about 4 months ago

Blender Foundation Video Taken Down On YouTube For Copyright Violation

AlabamaCajun Re:Stop using Youtube (306 comments)

You got it, it's Corporate Censorship. I keep hearing people talk about being free, freedom this, freedom that but support are still playing ho to these corporate giants.
Yeah we have our guns but what can we do with them but shoot things.
We also have other ways to be free and that is fair use. I can't see the video to judge for myself but Sony is loosing ground and will soon split up so I still won't buy their sh!t.

about 5 months ago

Senate Report Says CIA Misled Government About Interrogation Methods

AlabamaCajun Re:So Arrest Them (207 comments)

Dah! come on it was all over the media as early as 2006 this was happening. Who needed congressional insight when it was already known this was happening that even the pawn channels like NBC, Fox and others were even showing this regularly after it became widely known. The CIA has been doing this for a lot longer but it was just not that easy to catch them before.
What next, will we have a senate hearing on the military using depleted Uranium bullets in Iraq?

about 5 months ago

Why Buy Microsoft Milk When the Google Cow Is Free?

AlabamaCajun Re:Not the only reason..... (409 comments)

Not only are the MS products more difficult they are loaded with bugs and annoying built in features.
Why pay for a broken product(s).
When You Shift-End to highlight a line then hit copy it picks up the CR/LF or BR at the end. OO and Libre'- Write does do not. The ribbon is the most annoying pile of crap I've seen. Extra space below the line is on by default and not intuitive on how to get rid of it. In general the editing features of the MS product as non-productive in almost all aspects. I find is easier to just use visual studio and write text files leaving word for once in a blue moon fancy document. (At home I use Write).
I'm also battling with conversion errors on the MS-spreadsheets and MS-email (yuch) programs with many annoying ticks in their ways of doing things. I started on Word Perfect which was hands down the nest writing tool anywhere yet MS-Office knocked it out of normal existence. I won't even start on Windows 8 as that is another pile of junk for another day.
Maybe if more people start speaking up Microsoft with just go on to produce compiler and database tools and get out of the rest of the field. (I've yet to get ahold of a Windows phone yet another pretty flower in the field you pick and when you bring it home it stinks I suspect).

about 5 months ago

$30K Worth of Multimeters Must Be Destroyed Because They're Yellow

AlabamaCajun Re:Damn, donate them already (Great Response) (653 comments)

Think of the ecological damage by destroying them on top of wasting resources. Someone call Fluke and see if there is a way to buy out the cost of the infringement just so a butt load of ewaste is not generated.

about 5 months ago

Is One Laptop Per Child Winding Down?

AlabamaCajun Re:OS agnosticism is a mistake (111 comments)

" the organization is becoming more hardware and OS agnostic" so they don't believe in hardware and OSs anymore?
Last time I heard the word Agnostic used, it was Microsoft did not believe in software.

about 6 months ago

Mars Rover Opportunity Faces New Threat: Budget Ax

AlabamaCajun Re:90 day budget (185 comments)

Why don't we just fly a couple of the friggen F35s to mars and use them their. That would give other superpowers reason to put military hardware in the pink skies also. That in turn would give the red planet some CIA green.

about 6 months ago

Ask Slashdot: How Can I Prepare For the Theft of My Android Phone?

AlabamaCajun Re:How exactly was it stolen? (374 comments)

In Alabama (US) we keep our cell in a holster and the pistol tucked in our jeans.

about 6 months ago

Facebook Wants To Block Illegal Gun Sales

AlabamaCajun CALL the NRA (310 comments)

I'm calling the nra because it's my rights under the 2nd amendment to sell firearms (within state laws) and none of their fakebooking business.

about 6 months ago

Computing a Winner, Fusion a Loser In US Science Budget

AlabamaCajun Win for Nuclear Phyics. (196 comments)

While most will hear politics I see a good move.
On big projects we move away from a cowboy Fusion project to the fundamentals of the same physics, In layman's terms, we stop putting a lot money into attempting to build our own project when we already fund and work on the same joint effort with other countries. Any money in Physics with emphasis on nuclear physics is a win for all the fields. So we don't have a home grown mega donut in the near future. What we do is make a wiser investment into tech that will get us there with more knowledge of the project when we do fund it. Let the private sector pump money into it, that is were the same folks doing the Obama-bashing wanted to do business in the first place. I say that not so much for the politics as science is more important then the halls of congress. It's the big companies like GE, Exxon, BP, Boeing etc that have the potential to gain from it in the future they need to pay forward this time.
We need science and tech multiple arenas now because we changed the world. Other countries have move to computing and non-fusion physics to grow where the US has been for decades. Many countries have pushed hard to gain computing advances to get ahead of what we had going for so long now. Just look at the number of computer trojen and viral intrusions we are seeing from international sources than before we released Stuxnet. Now we are forced to move forward on something that I only hope will take us places in physics that we are not getting to now. If we can get physics and computing down in 10 years then return with federal dollars to boost what the private sector has been working on then we might have a small sun burning in Sandia labs or on Boeing campus producing gigawatts of competitive energy.

about 6 months ago

Whole Foods: America's Temple of Pseudoscience

AlabamaCajun Re:Food. (794 comments)

Whole foods is what the body does best on. Skip all the probiotics and snake oil the writer is talking about. The problem is the writer is as bad as the anti-science, climate deniers and bull shitters because he is doing the same thing. He is taking the bad stuff that always follows good and making the whole lot bad. I have lived the whole foods anti processed lifestyle for 4 years now. When you are +50, not on meds, regular daily, have not gotten the flu or colds in that time with all the medicated and sick people around then something in the WHOLE FOODs world works. Even the doctor I see once a year for screenings does not promote healthy eating, it's just not taught by anyone in the medical community (industrial complex). Going after what should be good for almost everyone (biology has its quirks) is just another denier jumping into the mix to support the corn-fed, drug dependant, sugar high society. This sounds like someone that thinks that more than 3/4s of the freezers full of cakes, ice cream, pizzas and frozen waffles is a healthy diet. (Except for the college dorm where Beer, Pizza and Twinkies are food groups J/K). By the way, that Ezekiel bread digest better than any other bread on the market. The reason being 90% of what is on the shelf goes directly to sugar which is what stickies up the blood.
Besides what stores sell, you have to know what is real and what is not and organic is a whole lot better when it is certified.
Go to the real veggies and fruits, most of this is good, some better than others.
Whole meats are still the better choice (yes these are what WHOLE FOODS are about).
Canned and frozen veggies can be used but avoid the sauces and flavorings. Frozen peas, beans and some fruits with no additives are still OK.
Milks, eggs and cheese without additives are the final clue. If you have a farmers market or store with organics then you rock (we don't and look at what state I live in but I still seek out the good stuff).

about 6 months ago

VA Tech Experiment: Polar Vortex May Decimate D.C. Stinkbugs In 2014

AlabamaCajun Re:Whereas a few thousand miles away... (112 comments)

News about England has not really hit the states as usual. The only reason we knew of warmer temps on your side is through Sochi.
At least we have gotten rid of some of the pests but others are flourishing like mosquitoes which I killed 2 last week in the south. Normally we would not see them until late March or April which after the cold we had should have taken them out.

about 6 months ago


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